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It’s no secret. Texas has fantastic food. But, one thing I’ve noticed lately, having lived in this state for the past eight years, is that the bar is propelling skyward. Sure, central Texas has always held the national attention when it comes to BBQ and our love of brisket, but there’s so much more food recognized now. Houston is America’s most diverse city, San Antonio has always had a strong Mexican culture, but in today’s food world, these places are delivering on different levels.  Look, I’m fat. I know a few things in this world: where to get a beer...

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Ask anyone who cooks professionally who isn’t obsessed with Blue Plate or Duke’s because they have to “out south” you...

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Robert Dean is a journalist living down in Austin, Texas. His work has been featured in Forbes, Consequence of Sound, Austin American-Statesman, Mic, Fatherly, Daily Grindhouse, and Farce the Music, to name a few. He's also been on CNN and NPR. 

Stalk him on Facebook or Instagram, whatever your social media fetish. Just wash your hands. 

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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, cleaver and blade, culinary tales, customers, drinks, food, kitchen, restaurant, restaurant business, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

Love me or hate me, my passion for putting a flame to a pan is what I do. That passion won’t ever go away; it’s who I am and where I fit best in the world. I’ve bled and sacrificed my life for this craft. I’ve lived the type of life where I didn’t have to go looking for trouble, trouble came looking for me--and I always welcomed it with open arms. made my life worth fighting for. What do you win while fighting against the trouble of doubt?  Freedom. You win the freedom to be yourself without compromise or...

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Follow along as I break down why I do what I do. Some might say that it’s a sort of redemption for past terrible acts; assume what you will about my past. The fact is, I’m pretty sure that it’s similar to yours. So, you really can’t point the finger much. We both made it farther than we thought. Keeping in mind the adage 'better late than never,' I know I for one can say that I now can see that I went about some things all wrong in my life. So instead of asking why I’m still here, I’ve...

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